On New Year’s Eve morning, my home congregation didn’t have a worship service, so my family tried something new. Instead of doing a devotion at home or going to church with friends, my husband and I decided we would visit a place where we knew nobody. We let our kids pick which church to try, and off we went.
Have you ever taken your children church shopping?
Friends of ours gave us the idea. They realized their children will move... Read More
We live in an intensely competitive, consumer-driven services marketplace. I live near the center of a large city, which means I have an insane number of choices for dining out. I have the great luxury of being very picky about my restaurant dollars; so if a place gives me a meal I didn’t care for or indifferent service, I just never go back. The restaurant business is brutal—many close down after the second year. I have the luxury of expecting... Read More
As a military family, we have been members at a couple of churches and visited even more. We’ve held worship in our home. We’ve worshiped in large congregations. We’ve worshiped in small churches. Because we were always meeting new people and looking for a new church to call our own, I often asked people, “Where do you go to church?” And new people to my community often asked me too.
Now, I know that as a writer I’m pickier about... Read More
Every business has its jargon. Insiders use it to save time, demonstrate competence, and feel superior to outsiders and newbies. Medical professionals sling around terms like subdural hematoma, reflux nephropathy, and myocardial infarction. How can you not feel more powerful as you note the blank and uncomprehending looks on the faces of the patient and family? Financial service professionals talk knowingly about endowment contracts, embedded value, fiduciary rules, ERISA, LIMRA, FINRA, BCAR, ETFs, and REITs. Have you ever felt really... Read More
I recently read some comments appended to an online article on Christian art. The anonymous critic ridiculed the portrayal of a “white Jesus” as a racist holdover from the era of “white oppression and white cultural imperialism.” Ouch. What color should Jesus be in your church art?
Look around your congregation’s building. Do you see the face of Jesus anywhere? If you come from a strongly Calvinistic tradition, your church might not have much imagery or perhaps none at all.... Read More